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Dr. Mitzi Scotten

Pediatrics
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29 years experience female

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I am a Pediatrician who started my career as a nurse. I have been involved in the care of both sick and well children over the last 30 years. I have special knowledge of children with respiratory conditions such as asthma and Cystic Fibrosis and have a special interest in children with chronic and rare diseases I love to involve families and patients in their care and think that the health care system is currently very complex and confusing to families. It is important that physicians speak clearly and make sure that people understand what their medical needs are and what possible options are for care. I think that the doctor/patient relationship is one of negotiation and understanding and that patients have rights to make sure they are receiving the best care possible. My special interests include health literacy, medical education, telemedicine and communication

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Pediatrics

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109 Answers
19 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Several options: Looks like recommendations are to limit sex or number of sexual partners and not to use douches. I have copied a helpful website as BV can be pretty f... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Glands: You can get a pimple almost anywhere that you have skin- and certain parts of the body are more likely due to the fact that they have skin glands tha... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Fluid, fluid, fluid: It is important to replace all the sweat that is lost being out in the heat/sun. Also to make sure that you are peeing regularly Should keep a bottle ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Pore is part of tube: the neural tube is the embryo's precursor to the central nervous system, which comprises the brain and spinal cord. The neuropore is an opening in th... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Depends: I would first try to quantify how much water exactly your son drinks and take that to your doctor with recording of how many times he urinates also. Y... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See a doctor: The symptoms of right side pain could be a serious condition. Same for the blurry vision. Please see a doctor immediately
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See your doctor: Sharp pains can be due to something call pleurisy or irritation of the lung lining. It can be caused by infections and other problems. When it comes t... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
A good MD: PCOS is a frustrating disease when trying to become pregnant, as I am sure you have realized. Honestly the best way to beat the odds and get pregnant ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Potentially: Toxoplasmosis can come from animals and if there are animals in the lake then it can become contaminated You have to swallow the lake water that conta... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Possible infection: A painful pimple under the arm can be an infected hair or gland. Try very warm wash clots to see if it will pop and if it gets bigger or does not go a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Most are not serious: Most of the dark spots noticed on the white part of the eye are due to the same thing that causes freckles or darker spots on the skin. There are rare... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Antifungal cream: Ringworm on the skin responds to antifungal cream like clotrimazole and miconazole- I also included a link to some other suggestions which include use... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See your doctor: When you say sleeping a lot- does this mean she is not waking up to eat or drink- if that is the case then you need to take her to your doctor In some... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
I would skip it: This is a product that has one ingredient- fiber. Fiber can be found in many foods and so it would be a lot cheaper to just increase the fiber in your... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Thirst most common: Depending on the degree of dehydration, the first signs are generally feeling thirsty. If dehydration progresses, then signs of dizziness and abdomin... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Most bites look same: I'm not sure that cicadas actually bite- most times it is hard to tell one bug bite from another with the exception of brown recluse spider bites and ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
A genetic disorder: Metachromatic leukodystrophy is an inherited disorder characterized by the accumulation of fats called sulfatides in cells. This accumulation especial... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Disease of muscles: Miller Fisher syndrome is a rare, acquired nerve disease that is considered to be a variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome. It is characterized by abnorma... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Very likely: The best way to look for recent research on less common diseases, such as SCIDS, is to go to their official website- google SCIDS and then look for th... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Yes: Since you are considered an adult- the normal rate can be from 60 to 100- it varies on your weight, degree of exercise and stress level Here is a lin... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Wait and watch: I think the best treatment for molloscum is to wait and watch them as most times they go away although it may take several months. Most treatments can... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Depends on the type: There are several different types of mites ranging from chiggers to scabies to bird/rodent mites The treatment of scabies is with a cream placed on t... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Likely not scabies: Scabies rarely go away on their own so probably not scabies. Most common other things would be allergic skin, reaction to something your hands came in... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See your doctor: I think that if the famotidine did not work or there are still problems that it would be a good idea to see your regular doctor and possibly even a sp... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
May be related: If she had the nose bleed before she coughed then the blood could have come from the nosebleed. If she has no lung problems, no fever and no other med... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Thirst: Feeling very thirsty is a sign as is not peeing for a longer time than usual- your mouth may feel dry also Later as you become more dehydrated you may... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Time: Whooping cough occurs in three stages- the first causes runny nose and sneezing and people usually don't know they have it- this is the time it is eas... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See your doctor: It sounds like you are either having a sinus infection or an asthma flare up. I think you need to see your doctor as soon as possible
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Likely a virus: The body aches and headache make virus infections more common and the lack of vomiting is a positive sign that it is not appendicitis However, the fac... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Probably not: How often a baby poops changes in the first few months of life. At first they go frequently almost every time they eat and then it decreases to 1 to 4... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See your doctor: There are many causes of cramps and so if you are not having your period and they are painful please see your doctor. Other warning signs would be fev... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Depends site: Ringworm is not actually a worm but a fungal infection and is treated differently depending on where it is on your body. If it is on the head/scalp or... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Likely not: Mucinex (guaifenesin) breaks up mucous and if your cough is caused by irritation in the back of your throat from nose drainage then not likely. I reco... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Chances are low: Are the lymph nodes inside- or down in the groin- both are found in virus infections. Did you find out about the cysts with a CT scan? Usually if th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Depends: I think both are adequate as long as they are done correctly. I am not sure there has been a lot of studies in this area but I do know that soap and ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See your doctor: Sounds of wheezing during feeding are very concerning for something called aspiration- where the formula is going to his lungs instead of his stomach.... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Likely not: The acid in the stomach kills most things- and in this case destroys most viruses. If you are on a medicine that decreases stomach acid then some thin... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Complex cases: Usually HSP does not require a specialist. Complex cases may need to involve a rheumatology doctor if joint pain does not improve, a kidney doctor to... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See your physician: The best thing to do is see your physician to start any shots for travel- a super helpful site to check on what diseases are in a specific area is on ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Yes, if concerned: This sounds a lot like the flu/influenza- if your child is not eating or drinking normally then yes it would be good to see your doctor. Also if the f... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Depends: Depending on the location and how big the area- it could be due to a number of things If there are other issues going on like headache, rashes or fev... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See your doctor: Abnormal swallowing in children is not common and so I would talk to your doctor. The test to do is a swallow study to look for anything wrong in the ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Several causes: There are several causes of black bumps on the tongue from chemicals, birth marks to much more serious like tongue cancer. My advice is to have your d... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See a doctor: The pimple may be infected if it has not healed. Try not to touch it and see your doctor as soon as you can to have a look at it. They may prescribe a... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Quickly: If you are drinking adequate water per day you should be rehydrated quickly. If you find that you still have heart palpitations then they may be due t... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Hard to know: Bone age can be lower than regular age for many reasons. One important aspect is how your daughter is progressing through puberty- I assume since you ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Perhaps not ringworm: Several rashes look similar to one another. The lotrimin (clotrimazole) cream usually takes about 2 months to work and the griseofulvin may take a we... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Other options: If there is any fever or rapid breathing or poor feeding with the mucous I would see your doctor. You might also ask a doctor or nurse to show you som... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Good question: The experts are not really sure about why the rise in asthma is happening but the two theories are that things are "cleaner" than they used to be and ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Not usually a sign: Fetal alcohol syndrome, FAS, can cause some problems in the head and neck but I am not aware of it causing problems like you describe The baby is like... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Scotten is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Scotten is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks Dr. Scotten. How long should this take to heal? Should we medicate or let things settle on their own? How do we know its not contagious so she can get back to sch...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you! My 2 year old grandson was so sick with the virus and we want to be sure not to expose our 7 mo old grandsons!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you very much you was a lot of help answered questions for me to give answers to my dad first thing in the am

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine, KS
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

Kosair Children's Hospital
Completed 1996
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